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50th anniversary celebrated for CLC’s first nursing graduates

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Dec 23, 2021

College of Lake County (CLC) celebrated the 50th anniversary of the college’s first nursing graduates on Dec. 17 after the pinning of the latest class of nursing graduates.

The nursing program started in 1969, the same year the college opened, with the first students graduating in 1971. After 30 students graduated Friday, 3,830 students have completed the program.

Nursing graduates at December's pinning ceremonyCLC continues to be one of the main suppliers of nurses and healthcare providers to local hospitals and healthcare facilities in Lake County.

“If you’re admitted to any of the local hospitals, chances are that you will be taken care of by a CLC graduate,” said Interim Director of Nursing Education Carmella Mikol.

For the celebration, faculty and alumni were invited to join and speak at the event.

Mikol said it was a great time to celebrate our nursing graduates and healthcare professionals, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since the nursing program started, it has continued growing to keep up to date with the latest advancements to reflect trends in healthcare and clinical settings, providing students with a relevant, high-quality education.

“When it started, there was no running water in the labs,” Mikol said. “A creative instructor used a poster board to make a sink and faucet so students could pretend to wash their hands. Now, we have our high-tech simulation lab with simulated humans that can talk to you and of course, running water. We’ve come a long way in 50 years.”

About College of Lake County

College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes and is a national leader in many areas, including sustainability and conservation.